Virginia wedding planner Katie Joga with Pure Whimsy Events has some great advice on how to plan your wedding without the stress and all the fun. Read on to know when it’s the best time to hire a wedding planner and what you should be looking for in a vendor. Katie shares some great insight through her passion as a wedding planner.
Q: Welcome Katie, we’re excited to know more about you! What is your background? What was the motivation that sent you on your journey to becoming a wedding planner and how did you get to where you are today?
A: Bios can sometimes feel boring and stale to me. I would rather share a bit of my heart and history with you. Here’s what you should know about me: I am dedicated, spontaneous and in love with the world of weddings.
The day after college I decided to take a wild chance and followed my boyfriend (now husband) out to California. There was barely any money in my bank account. I could fit my whole life into just a few suitcases. But I knew, more than anything, that I wanted to pursue event & wedding planning.
In the years ahead, I did it all. I worked for Royal Caribbean & Carnival cruise lines as their Wedding Coordinator. At the same time, I held a full time position as the Operations Manager at Velocity Sports Performance managing professional athletes day-to-day lives. Working as a Conference Events Planner as I planned my own wedding showed me my true passion was helping others prepare for their big day. So I woke up one morning, rolled over to my husband, and told him I was quitting my job and starting my own Wedding Planning company. He didn’t flinch. I put my two weeks notice in that day. I never looked back.
As the founder of Pure Whimsy Events, I am dedicated to planning experiences that merge together delicacy and timelessness. I want my couples be able to breathe and enjoy the process of creating a day to share their new commitment with those they love.
Q: What types of services do you offer? When is the ideal time a couple should contact you to be their planner?
A: I want to work with you from the very start (so book me soon after engagement!). After years of planning weddings– big and small– I have found collaborating and growing with a couple from the beginning is the best way to create a day that goes smoothly for all.
I will be there to help you choose amazing vendors, make tough decisions, and really treat your guests to an unforgettable day. I handle all of it– contracts, emails, appointments, quotes– so you can enjoy the fun parts of this process and not feel burnt out on your big day! I believe you deserve to have a VIP experience while planning your wedding.
Q: What is your favorite part of the planning process?
A: Food & cake tastings! Just kidding….sort of! I love being able to experience ‘the fun parts’ of planning with the couple. Nothing is more exciting then going to taste lots of delicious food or meeting with the florist to come up with the perfect vision for the day.
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Fun & unstuffy!
Q: Is there a piece of advice you’d give a couple just starting to plan their wedding? To you what is the biggest advantage to hiring a wedding planner rather than self planning?
A: Take your time hiring your vendors! Often times couples just want to check another thing off the to-do list. Meet with your vendors and get to know them. Your vendors are the glue to the perfect wedding day. If you hire people you don’t really like and/or aren’t passionate about your wedding it will reflect in the planning process and on your wedding day. They should be excited to be part of the day!
Katie has such a passion for what she does and it’s clear from how much valuable knowledge she has to offer. No doubt your would be getting the VIP service with her in your corner. For more information check her out at Pure Whimsy Events.